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Kate Samp

Kate Samp's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Yoga
Paddling
Running

Kate Samp's Bio

I'm a professional outdoor educator and guide who lives outside 9 months out the year. I depend on these products to make a living and to keep me safe in the great outdoors. Most days you can find me crushing trail miles, trying not to get stuck in a munchy hole, or climbing mountains.

Kate Samp

Kate Sampwrote a review of on February 24, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: small

A midweight baselayer should fit almost next to skin for more adequate moisture management, and for temperature regulation. When I want to buy a midweight baselayer it is for colder temps, such as 40s at night. Generally, in these colder temps you would like to restrict air circulation around your body to maintain adequate core temperature. This baselayer fits loose, boxy, and the sleeves are too short for a 5'8" female with a skinny, athletic, build. I would not be able to fit this top into my current layering system due to its loose nature because the baselayer would bunch under my fleece. As a standalone shirt, this could be nice because bagginess might not matter so much to you. However, I would seriously question its ability to maintain your body's warmth.

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on February 16, 2016

BEST sun hoody
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: small

In the summer on the river I live in this hoody. Day in and day out this little baby gets a work out.

PROS:
Lightweight
breathable
pony tail hole

Cons:
-Foldover mitts make arms feel like a T Rex, especially if you are a taller lady.
-side pocket barely fits a tube of sunscreen? It is quite odd.

Bottom line: look no further for all around sun protection on the mountain or down a river!

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on December 8, 2015

Versatile and dirtbag fashionable
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I wear my chaos around town, in the field on a week long river trip, and on short day hikes. I love the versatility of this shoe! However, I don't think they are a serious river shoe, and here is why.
1) The Vibram rubber is not that grippy when wet.
2) If you are rafting, toe protection is key.
3) These soles specifically do not give great traction while hiking.
For more days spent on the water and hiking around wet rocks and steep trails I would suggest the Astral Brewer as a river shoe. For casual jaunts, the Chaco still wins for versatility.

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on December 7, 2015

Why isn't there a lady specific bag?
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When I got the call that I had a package at my company's warehouse I was thrilled. My new, state of the art, zero degree bag was in! I didn't buy this bag for the color, or the looks, that is for sure. I was hoping that it would keep me toasty warm on my first winter camping trip. Consensus: this bag is great, but could be better if you are a lady, or not a broad shouldered man.

However, here's the deal, if you are lady who is thinking about purchasing this bag I would reconsider. Here's why:
As you can tell from my photo, this bag swallows me. Which means, that when I am sleeping there is a lot of dead air space. Hence, if I wanted to get the advertised effectiveness out of the bag, I would need to stuff all the clothes I brought on my trip into my bag and then some more. While this may not seem like a problem for some, it seems like a waste of this bag's potential. You do not get the full use out of your bag! You sleep colder as a consequence.

BTW, I bought the regular size since I am 5'8" which adds to the "too big" problem.

Please MH, make a lightweight lady specific synthetic bag!

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on December 7, 2015

Occasionally useful
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Don't get me wrong, these pants will keep you dry. However, I find they fit small and lack an essential feature: full zip legs! I tore the liner on my first day of wearing them just by trying to put them on over boots. I lived in these pants for a week - hiking in the rain and sliding around on snow trying to learn how to self arrest. My legs were cold, but dry. These pants are light, but for ounce counters out there they are not the lightest on the market. I would check out the OR Aspire Pant or the BD Liquid Point pant as an alternative because both have 3/4 zippers and are either as light or an ounce or two lighter.

If you must buy these pants, size up 1 or 2 sizes for layering and mobility. Also, do NOT try to put them on over boots as you will just tear the inner layer Goretex fabric (especially if you have big feet like me).

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on December 6, 2015

Keeps you dry
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a drysuit-it keeps you dry. I have worn this kayaking, canyoneering and rafting in a wide range of temperatures. This suit performed as expected. Have I missed the use of gore tex? No. I know my drysuit isn't going to breathe in the first place and the NRS material is adequate for my use. Once I start kayaking class V off the couch or living in my drysuit for more than a week at a time, I will consider an upgrade to Kokatat.

I purchased a medium, and I have plenty of room to layer. I am 5'8 and 135lbs. I do not feel restricted at all. I have too much room in the latex booties - my feet are a size 10. All in all, a good buy!

TIP: As a lady, you absolutely NEED to get a drysuit with a drop seat. Don't get the front crotch zip. Female peeing devices are not that easy to use and it becomes more difficult with layering under your drysuit.

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on December 6, 2015

Don't buy this for the looks...
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes, this is a standard, bare bones, climbing helmet. Not many bells and whistles on this one. Will only truly protect you from rock fall from above. This was my first climbing helmet, but after my climbing accident last year I am ready to invest in a more protective dome shell. Don't get me wrong, this helmet is adequate for the job. However, if you are serious about climbing and spend a lot of time doing so, upgrade to a full foam helmet that protects more than just the top of your skull.

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on December 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Slick rock sandstone? Mud? Sand wash? Granite slabs? No problem! These shoes can handle it. Uphill, steep downhill, loose terrain, all a piece of cake for these shoes. The mesh construction is a pretty tight weave, so even in a rainy scenario it takes a long time for my feet to feel wet. I bought these on a whim at an REI garage sale. They are a little wide for my lady feet, but that's okay since I can wear some thicker socks to help. I haven't had a problem with the mesh wearing out into large holes, or any of the material falling apart really. Once these bad boys have been with me a full year I will update you all on the condition, however.

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on December 6, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 41.5

Footwear is an important gear item for me since I am a professional outdoor educator and guide. I needed something waterproof and able to cushion my feet when I am carrying heavy loads. Sometimes, my pack weighs 60 lbs. I hated this boot at first - I would always get blisters. I tried different lacing techniques, socks, and insoles. Nothing worked. Really, I just needed to let the boot break in. Finally, at the end of my guiding season, these boots gave in and delivered a comfy ride. I have used these for stream crossings, rugged volcanic terrain, easy glacier travel, difficult snow travel, and peak ascents. I put them through the gauntlet! The construction is holding up and the boots are molding to my feet. For a synthetic boot, this is a good deal if you can get them on sale. I expect these to last several years of heavy use.

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on December 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Finally! Unique yoga pants that use recycled material. Almost everything about these pants are on point-pattern, style, feel. Excellent! I am always getting complements. However, the thin material makes you more susceptible for the dreaded camel toe. Yes, I sized my pants correctly-taking my measurements and getting my recommended size via a Teeki size chart. But, I still get the dreaded camel toe more often than I would like. I own a pair of lululemon wunder under pants and although camel toe does happen, it happens less. Perhaps it is because the fabric is thicker, or maybe the gusset is better placed. Not sure, but this is something to be aware of with Teeki.

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you take care of this sleeping pad, it will take care of you. I broke my back last year and I decided that I needed to upgrade my sleep system. Spending this much money on what appears to be a glorified pool toy is hard to stomach - but it is worth every penny. Just make sure you sleep on a ground sheet or CAREFULLY inspect the area you are going to sleep in. While this is durable, it does collect holes easily. It can be a pain to replace in the field if you don't have a lake nearby, so I pack in a small spray bottle with a little bit of soap in it just in case. I have used the patches provided, as well as, Tenacious Tape and Seam Seal and both methods have worked well. I also had to send it in to Thermarest for repair - they charged me $20 to patch one hole that was so tiny I had trouble finding it when I submerged the pad.

I have used this pad snow camping coupled with a foam pad, and on its own throughout Spring, Summer and Fall. I have used this pad in all conditions! It does not fail to deliver.

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on September 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I really really REALLY wanted to give this jacket 5 stars. Every feature is thought out - the torso flo, pockets, colors etc. Plus the fact that this jacket is actually waterproof is a plus, too. However, I needed this jacket for alpine climbing and backpacking. The men's version is helmet compatible and I thought this would translate to the women's version as well. I was wrong, and worse I was wrong traveling on a glacier with 9 students. Not the time to be wrong. Unfortunately, I will have to return this product for something to better suit my needs that doesn't cost as much as Arcteryx. Personally, I would recommend this product for backpacking, and car camping climbing pursuits. I also didn't have to size up to make the jacket suitable for layering. It is durable, waterproof, and intentionally designed, which makes it worth every penny.

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on September 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Ladies, if you want a no-frills quality sports bra this is for you! I am small chested so I don't need all the bells and whistles of these new-fangled bras. I just want a compression tube to keep my boobs in place without padding and with a good fit. It is very hard to find a sports bra that is a perfect fit for us A-cup ladies! Patagonia has nailed it. Plus, it is cute and flattering. I feel comfortable wearing this piece as a bathing suit top, or on its own on a hot day of sandstone desert climbing. Plus, this bra doesn't stretch out over time like most spandex products. Double win! Thank's Patagonia - now come up with some new patterns already.

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on September 7, 2015

Delicate, light and ultra-warm
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This little number and I have been through a lot. It kept me warm on a glacier, on chilly fall nights backpacking, and in a scary rescue scenario. I have repaired this jacket with dental floss, suture thread, and tenacious tape. And now I am on my second jacket! It's too delicate for a belay jacket unless you are very careful, but it is perfect for backpacking. The down does not leak from the jacket through the seams. I can layer under this jacket easily without having to size up. The DWR finish does wear out over time and I have not figured out a good way to replenish the finish. I am afraid that a spray on product might damage the loft of the down feathers.
All in all, this jacket is perfect for backpacking and perhaps climbing if you are careful. It packs well and is of top quality. Don't lose the stuff sack!

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on August 16, 2015

Good fit...if you are a guy
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I guess being small chested and slim is not your average "S/M" in the PFD world. However, you can tighten it down pretty well. The jacket is a great rescue vest if you are a kayaker but not the best if you are a rafting. It will be adequate in a rafting scenario but the knife holder placement is totally off. You can't get back onto a raft without popping your knife off. Good one NRS... But it is cheaper than the Astral Green Jacket and still has a fleece chest pocket for those cold days. Also, I can fit my river map in one of the slide-in pockets on the chest of the PFD. All in all I would buy this again if they added a different knife holder placement.

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on August 16, 2015

Stylish
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Good helmet and good protection - even for kayaking. Works well for a raft guide life style. The brim is nice but dips down low so it is hard to fit sunglasses. Get one in a limited edition color and you won't be disappointed. The lining will eventually come out and if you badger Shred Ready enough they will fix it for you!

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on August 16, 2015

What the R1 wants to be
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I bought this for mountaineering and climbing and so far it hasn't disappointed. I can put this on for a chilly morning and not take it off until lunch. The insulation is right where I want it and the sleeves have nicely placed thumbholes. The hood isn't quite the balaclava style that I would hope for - it doesn't cover my mouth. Also, it fits pretty snuggly. I find OR sizing to be slightly off in general so a medium might have been a better choice. I bet it can replace my puffy jacket all together for a summer backpacking setup at higher elevations.

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Kate Sampwrote a review of on August 16, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I bought this rain coat to use for my job. Perhaps I demanded more of it than I should of... I wore it on an 8 day backpacking trip circumnavigating Broken Top in the Oregon Cascades. It precipitated heavily every single day. And every single day the jacket would wet out in 15 minutes or so. I also tried sliding around in the snow with the jacket on and of course it didn't keep me dry (though I didn't expect it to). For a rain coat, spend the extra money and get something that will actually keep you dry. It's definitely not something to slide around in the snow in and I admit that, but it is also not a rain coat as advertised.

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